Updated Dec 5, 2023 - Technology

Grand Theft Auto VI is official, launches in 2025

A scene from the Grand Theft Auto VI trailer. Image: Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games has revealed the next Grand Theft Auto earlier than planned, with a 90-second trailer that's promising a 2025 release for GTA VI and, in a rare turn for the series, a woman in one of the lead roles.

Why it matters: GTA is not just one of gaming's biggest franchises, but one of entertainment's biggest.

  • The most recent entry, 2013's GTA V, has sold 190 million copies and earned $1 billion three days after its release, according to publisher Take Two Interactive.
  • The GTA games are popular interactive playgrounds, a mix of story-driven crime adventure and playable sandbox, where players grab any car, boat or plane available and go for a joyride.
  • The GTA VI trailer — released Monday night and set to Tom Petty's "Love Is A Long Road" — had been viewed nearly 60 million times on YouTube by Tuesday morning.

Details: The trailer confirms that GTA VI will be set in Vice City, Rockstar's satirical take on Miami.

  • It focuses on a character named Lucia, who talks to a man, possibly her boyfriend or husband, about sticking together, while footage plays of the two robbing a liquor store and speeding away from the cops.
  • It also includes scenes from around Vice City, including a man catching an alligator in his swimming pool, people running on a beach and speedboats racing through a harbor.
  • After the trailer's release, Rockstar said the game will debut on the Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles and that it will be set, broadly, in the Florida-like state of Leonida, which includes Vice City.

Be smart: The series is famously focused on the lives and crimes of men, featuring male leads in every major entry since 2001's seminal Grand Theft Auto III.

Of note: Rockstar had planned to debut the trailer at 9am ET on Dec. 5, a date it even secretly put it in an in-game t-shirt that was added to Grand Theft Auto Online in October.

  • That announcement alone garnered more than 160 million views on X.
  • After the trailer leaked Monday evening, Rockstar published the trailer on its official channel.
  • "Our trailer has leaked," the company posted, "so please watch the real thing on YouTube." Within a half hour, that post had 14 million views.

Flashback: The game's leading couple and setting were initially leaked over a year ago after a hacker got access to in-development footage of the game.

  • Rockstar confirmed that leak at the time but said it would not impact development of the game.
  • Footage in today's trailer looked far more slick than the leaked footage.

What's next: Rockstar listed this as the game's first trailer, but has not said when they'll show more.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details, including comment from Rockstar on which consoles the game will debut on.

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